Notable Los Angeles: 4/28–5/4

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Monday 4/28: When’s the last time you brightened up someone’s day? Go volunteer for 826LA.

Tuesday 4/29: Red Hen Press features a reading by Robin Coste Lewis and Ron Koertge. Brendan Constantine will moderate. 7:00 p.m. at Boston Court Performing Arts Center. $10.00 General / $5.00 Student & Senior.

Benjamin Ross discusses his book Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Black Cloud L.A. features readings by Ben Loory, Juliet Escoria, Karolina Waclawiak, Mira Gonzalez, and xTx. 7:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Wednesday 4/30: Mimi Pond reads from Over Easy. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 5/1: Vroman’s Bookstore presents Sandra Tsing Loh; she discusses and signs Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones. 7:00 p.m. at All Saints Church. Admission is $27.00 + tax (includes one copy of Madwoman in the Volvo and two tickets.)  Please call 626-449-5320 for tickets, or visit the Will Call Department.

Evie Wyld reads from All the Birds, Singing, in conversation with Charles Yu. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Friday 5/2: Dum Dum Zine presents: Get Lost, Issue No. 4. Featuring readings by Ian Dick Jones, Chrysanthe Tan, Nick Antosca, and Moneta Goldsmith. 7:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Aimee Bender discusses and signs The Color Master. 7:30 p.m. at Book Soup.

Saturday 5/3: It’s California Bookstore Day! Visit every single independent bookstore in Los Angeles for books that you can only get there, and only on this one day. Diesel Books, Vroman’s Bookstore, USC Bookstore, Book Soup, Mysterious Galaxy, Skylight Books, Book Alley, and Small World Books are all participating, as are bookstores all around the state!

Two-Headed Beast, a storytelling show, hosted by Jake Weisman & Dave Ross. 8:00 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Sunday 5/4: Joel Selvin discusses and signs Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues. 4:00 p.m. at Book Soup.

Esther Pearl Watson reads from Unlovable, Vo. 3. 5:00 p.m. at Skylight Books.


Xach Fromson is a native Angeleno and the co-host/co-founder of Shades & Shadows, a sci-fi/fantasy/horror/etc. reading series here in LA. He studied creative writing at California State University Northridge, where he worked on The Northridge Review. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California Riverside Palm Desert Low Residency program, and is finishing his first novel. He appeared at Dirty Laundry Lit's "Love Sucks" event in February 2013, and has stories published in "Halloween Tales" and "Winter Horror Days" from Omnium Gatherum press. And once, he slew a dragon. Follow him on Twitter @_mythogenesis_. More from this author →